About me

Who I am

My name is Joachim Berggren. I’m a certified trainer by CNVC (the Center for Nonviolent Communication). Since the middle of the 1980’s I have been engaged in social change work. I live in Årsta, just south of Stockholm inner city, Sweden. I am a father of five. Two of my main passions in life are Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and physical exercise.
How I work
I work with groups and individuals who wants to be able to communicate better and build sustainable connections in their family, with their friends, at their workplace and in the bigger community.
My offer
I am offering lectures, workshops, mediation and individual training both for individuals and for organizations. Anything from shorter presentations to several days or weeks of training.
My experience as a trainer

I have offered more than 100 shorter and longer workshops in NVC since 2010. Some of my customers have been:

  • Attention
  • Botkyrka Folkhögskola
  • Fackförbundet ST
  • Klockargården
  • Lindalens Städ – och Hemtjänst
  • Skarpnäcks Folkhögskola

I have been assistant on several of Friare Livs one year programs as well as their shorter workshops.

My experience as a participant
I have participated in following NVC workshops and events:

  • The one year NVC program, 2009-2010 (Liv Larsson and Kay Rung, Friare Liv)
  • The mediation program, 2011-2012 (Liv Larsson and Kay Rung, Friare Liv)
  • The year 2 NVC Training, 2013-2014 (Liv Larsson and Kay Rung, Friare Liv)
  • Euro Life, 2016-2017 (Robert Gonzales, Living Compassion)
  • Tribal Technologies and Forum, 2017-2018 (Kelly Bryson)
  • The International Intensive Training IIT in Denmark, June 2017 (with Gina Lawrie, Jeff Brown, Kathleen Macferran and Kirsten Kristensen)
  • The European NVC Summer Festival (2013 Poland, 2014 Sweden, 2015 Denmark, 2016 Austria, 2017 Slovenia, 2018 Denmark).
Other teachers
Other CNVC certified trainers I have learnt from:

  • Aurora Sparre, Sweden
  • Carl Plesner, Denmark
  • Diane Baran, France
  • François Beausoleil, Canada
  • Gregg Kendrick, USA
  • Pernille Plantener, Denmark
  • Towe Widstrand, Sweden
My interests
As long as I can remember I have been interested and curious about human interaction. Why do we behave as we do? How come we differ in values? Why is society organized the way it is? When I look back at my life, it seems like my actions and interests are connected to a search for meaning and to connect with others and collaborate for making change.

In my early teens I started listening to punk and reading about anarchism, in the mid 80’s I was involved in different social change movements, squatting houses, anti racist work. In the mid 90’s I took part in Re-evaluation Counselling, in the mid 00’s I came in contact with NVC (Nonviolent Communication) and for some years ago I came in contact with Integral Theory.

I’m eager and curious finding out new knowledge about how we humans function. I read books and articles, listen to podcasts , watch documentaries and participate in discussions, meetings, workshops and conferences about human evolution, psychology, sociology, health and physiology, neuroscience, politics, spirituality and religion and many other topics connected to our existence in this world.

Physical training
Since more than 15 years I have been passionate participating in physical endurance training. Among other races I have taken part in three marathons and two ultra-marathons; three Fotrally (a walking contest) where I have walked between 21-26 hours; three Vasaloppet a 90 km cross country skiing race; two Vätternrundan, a 300 km bicycle race; two Vansbrosimningen, a 3 km swimming race.
In 2013 me and Kay Rung aimed at running the Camino de Santiago, we lasted for two days and then we walked.
My plan
I have walked parts of Camino de Santiago (550 out of 800 km) in 2013 and two times I have taken part in the bike race Vätternrundan – 300 km around the second largest lake in Sweden (2008 and 2013). This is the first time I will take part in such a long… This trip I’m planning to accomplish is by far the longest way I have ever biked and hiked.